Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has publicly discussed the potential return of former captain Cesc Fabregas. The midfielder was brought to London by the Frenchman from boyhood club Barcelona, and largely made his name with the perennial Premier League underachievers.
From there, Fabregas made a controversial move back to Barcelona in 2011, and has since enjoyed one of Barcelona’s most successful spells in club history, despite missing out on last season’s La Liga title.
In the midst of one of Arsenal’s worst periods, meanwhile, Wenger is adamant that the club can one day attract Fabregas back to the Emirates Stadium, insisting that the Spanish international is a true Arsenal family member.
“I’m not convinced that he won’t come back here one day,” Wenger told The Guardian. “He is really an Arsenal man. He loves Arsenal and watches every game of Arsenal. But of course Barcelona was his home town where he grew up and you have to accept that will come into it, especially with them having the best team in the world. [Fábregas would not come back] in the next two, three years, certainly not, because he is linked with Barcelona. But maybe later.”
After witnessing captain Fabregas depart from the North London side, and more recently seeing newer club captain Robin van Persie jump ship for Manchester United, Wenger has taken a seemingly more English-centric approach to his squad. English internationals such as Jack Wilshere have played an increasing role in the squad’s formation, and Wenger is currently in hot pursuit of a contract renewal for World Cup veteran Theo Walcott, showing his commitment to retaining his players.